Traditional Usui Reiki - Usui Shiki Ryoh

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese word which means “Universal Life Force Energy” or a mysterious, ethereal and sacred energy of heaven and earth, that is, of the universe that sustains all life. Reiki Ryoho (pronounced Ray-key Ree-oh-hoh), means Reiki therapy or Reiki Healing Art. 

The name Reiki derives from two Japanese characters rei’ (meaning ‘unseen’ or ‘spiritual’) and ki meaning ‘energy’ or ‘life force’, similar to the Chi or Qi referred to in China, the Prana of India, or the Mana of Hawaii and other names around the world. In English, the meaning of Reiki is often given as ‘Universal life force energy’ or “Spiritually guided life force energy”.

This energy,  has been used for centuries for healing, and bringing the body, mind & soul back into balance. The energy was also used and experimented with, by such doctors, scientists & scholars as Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Paracelsus, Mesmer, Reichenbach, Quimby and Edgar Cayce, to name but a few, but was known under several different names such as Orgone.

Reiki is a safe, natural, holistic therapy which brings about healing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. It is said that healing may occur in any or all of these domains in a single treatment, without a complete understanding needed by either the practitioner or the recipient. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been promoted as being effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Healing is aimed at a full and complete resolution of the causes of the dis-ease. Healing is returning to a state of alignment with your Higher Self or true way of being. Reiki also works well with conventional medical treatments.

Reiki is based on the premise that universal energy flows through all living things. When we have emotional issues going on in our lives it can cause a block in the flow of our energy field or aura. If we are unable to deal with these issues, the block may move through the layers to manifest as illness or injury. When blockages occur this energy cannot flow freely through the body resulting in a range of disorders – emotional, physical and spiritual. 

Using the traditional Usui method, Reiki life energy is channeled through the hands of the practitioner to the client whilst you are fully clothed. When the paractitioner does Reiki on himself/herself or others, the energy blockage is cleared, allowing the mind-body-soul system to return back into homeostasis, which then speeds up the  healing process and return back to health and balance once more. The Reiki practitioner is simply the channel or hollow reed, through which the energy flows. It is drawn by the client/patient to use for their highest good, whether that is for physical, mental, emotional or spiritual purposes, or a combination of any of these levels.There are many applications for this form of natural therapy.

You may experience the transfer of the Reiki energy as a warm tingling sensation, tingling, coolness or other sensations. Distant healing can also be done by a Level 2 Reiki practitioner or higher, who is trained to do so, to send Reiki Healing to others who are not physically present. This is similar to Prayer Power and can be acurately shown to work, which has been validated by scientific testing.

The Benefits of Reiki

Reiki is a safe, gentle, non-intrusive touch therapy, which restores the natural energy balance of the body, promoting harmony in all areas of one’s life and bringing wholeness to the recipient and giver.

Here are some of the benefits of Reiki:

  • Treats symptoms & causes of illnesses & heals holistically.
  • Strengthens life force energy & immune system.
  • Relieves pain and stress.
  • Provides deep relaxation, evoking a sense of peace and well being.
  • Clears away energy blockages in the body, to increase the rate that it heals and returns to wellness.
  • May bring clarity and insights helping to improve one’s outlook on life.
  • Strengthens creativity, awareness and intuition, and promotes creativity.
  • Helps meditative states.
  • Compliments the healing properties of traditional medicine, naturopathy, massage, shiatsu, bowen, meditation and other healing modalities. 
  • We do not encourage anyone to discontinue any form of modern medicine or treatments, we offer our practice of complementary therapies as a way of working with your existing program to enhance your healing process.
  • Is NOT a religion and holds no creeds or doctrines.
  • Anyone can do Reiki!

The History of Reiki

Miko Usui

Mikao Usui was a Japanese Tendai Buddhist who studied Kiko, a form of Martial Arts similar to Qiging. In 1922 he went on a search to discover a healing method, similar to that used by Jesus and the Buddha, that would not deplete his own life force energy. After years of dedicated research and a twenty-one-day retreat on Mount Kurama, involving meditation, fasting, and prayer. Usui claimed that by mystical revelation he had gained the knowledge and spiritual power to apply and attune others to what is called “Reiki”.

After this experience he began back down the mountain and was, from this moment on, able to heal. On his way down the mountain he kicked his toe, which bled profusely. He placed his hands on the toe, and the bleeding stopped. On this first day alone he healed his toe, his own starvation, an ailing tooth of the in-keeper’s daughter and the Abbots sickness, which was keep-ing him bedridden. These are known as the first four miracles.

In 1922 Usui moved to Tokyo and started a healing society which he named Usui Shiki Ryoho, which means “The Usui System of Reiki Healing”. He also opened a Reiki Clinic in Harajuka, Aoyama, Tokyo. There he taught classes and gave treatments. He initially created three degrees for his training, which he called Shoden (First Degree), Okuden (Second Degree) and Shnipiden (Mystery Teaching or Reiki Master). It is thought that he may have included an additional 3 levels This has been verified by other members of the Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho, which still exists in Japan, although he still only used the same four Reiki Symbols which we use in the West, today.

In 1923 the great Kanto earthquake devastated Tokyo. More than 140,000 people died and over half the houses and buildings were destroyed. An overwhelming number of people were left homeless, injured, sick and grieving. Usui felt great compassion for the people and began treating as many as he could with Reiki. Demand for Reiki became so great that he outgrew his clinic, so in 1925 he built a bigger one in Nakano, Tokyo. Because of this, his reputation as a healer spread all over Japan. He began to travel so he could teach and treat more people. During his travels across Japan he directly taught more than 2,000 student and initiated 16 teachers. The Japanese Government issued him with a ‘Kun San To’ Humanitarian Award, for doing honourable work to help others.

The Usui Memorial is a 10 by four foot memorial stone located on Mt Kurama. The Memorial tells the story of Usui Reiki system of healing, and what a great service Mikao Usui did for the world.

While teaching at Fukuyama, he suffered a stroke and died on March 9th, 1926. He was 62 years old. His grave is at Saihojo Temple, in Suginami, Tokyo, although some claim his ashes are elsewhere.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki Master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.

Carol Macrae had been a Registered Nurse in the past, then went on to help her husband own and operate fitness centres.

She learned Reiki in 1998 after her knees had been swollen for three years due to managing fitness centres and teaching too many high impact aerobic classes every week for over 10 years. Even though surgeons told her there was a 20% chance an operation could fix her knees, and that she could never exercise again, not even go for walks, she was devestated, but would not give up.

Reiki found Carol, after a series of events which culminated in a Reiki book falling off a shelf in front of her in a book shop. After reading this book, she knew that she would have to fix herself. After taking the Reiki Levels 1 and 2 classes in Byron Bay, Carol returned home, put her hands on her knees for 20 minutes, then went to bed. In the morning when she worke, the pain and swelling was gon forever and her knees were fully healed. She exclaimed “Oh my God, this is not my imagination, this is real!” Three weeks later Carol began doing Reiki treatments on clients and saw miracles appear below her hands!

A year later Carol trained to become a Reiki and Seichim (Egyptian Healing) Master and Teacher. Three weeks later Carol started teaching Reiki to her students, who had been her clients who also wanted to be able to share this gift with their families and friends. Since then Carol has taught over 700 students and has 76 Reiki Masters she has also trained, so that they too can share the magic that is Reiki.

This was the beginning of Carol’s life work as a healer, Clinical and 5-PATH Hypnothersapist, Touch For Health Kinesilogist, Theta Healer and Spiritual leader in her community. To heal herself, then share what she has learned with others to heal our world is her quest.

Chujiro Hayashi

During Usui’s travels he met Dr Chujiro Hayashi, a Naval Commander in the Naval Reserve. He came from a well educated and well to do family. Hayashi met Dr Usui in the marketplace holding a lit torch announcing his lecture at a nearby temple.

Dr Hayashi was very impressed with the sincerity and  conviction of Dr Usui. When asked by Usui to accompany him in his travels, Dr Hayashi agreed. And they travelled around teaching and healing. Dr Hayashi was one of the  16 Reiki Masters Usui personally trained. Hayashi trained a total of 13 Reiki Masters.

It is believed that Dr Hayashi developed the practice of treatment by using specific hand placements over the body. An organised method of hand placements allows for full coverage of the whole body, the organs, glands and chakras (energy centres).

Dr Hayashi passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 1940. This was just prior to World War II and it was clear that Japan would enter the war. Being a Reserve Officer, Dr Hayashi knew he would be recalled to duty and therefore become responsible for killing many people. This he did not want to do, and so determined to end his life. 

Before he died, it is thought that he passed his Reiki leadership over to Mrs Takata (perhaps because she would not be in Japan at the time of war, and therefore would be relatively safe and able to continue the practice). 

Hawayo Takata

Mrs Hawayo Takata is credited for bringing Reiki to the West.

Mrs Takata was born on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, on Christmas Eve 1900 of Japanese descent. Eventually she married and had 2 daughters. In October 1930 Mrs Takata’s husband Saichi died, leaving her to raise their daughters alone. In order to do this she had to work very hard with little rest. After 5 years she became very sick with severe abdominal pain, a lung condition and a nervous breakdown. Soon after, Mrs Takata’s sister died, and it was her job to travel to Japan to visit her family there, and inform them of the death of her sister.

After informing her parents, she entered a hospital and was diagnosed with a tumour, gallstones, appendicitis and asthma. The doctors were going to operate, and as she was being prepared she kept hearing a voice saying “Operation not necessary“. Eventually she got off the table asking, “Is there another way?” The doctor had a sister who had been cured of dysentery at Dr Hayashi’s clinic and suggested that Mrs Takata talk with his sister. The sister brought Mrs Takata to the clinic and her treatments there began.

After 4 months Mrs Takata became completely well and she then wanted to learn Reiki for herself. Eventually Mrs Takata was able to persuade Dr Hayashi to train her in Reiki. She worked and trained under Hayashi, which took a year and brought her to what we would now call Reiki Level II.

After this year she returned to Hawaii. 

In November 1936 Dr Hayashi came to Hawaii for a speaking tour to promote Reiki. During this time he trained Mrs Takata to teach Reiki, thus making her what we now  would call a Reiki Master, and announced this in Hawaii on February 21st, 1938. As he left Hawaii he asked her to come to see him when he summoned her.

After some time, World War II was nearing as it had begun in Europe. Dr Hayashi appeared to Mrs Takata in a dream asking her to come to Japan. She did this and found Dr Hayashi in his Naval Uniform, which he had taken out of storage. He was distressed. With the coming war he knew it was a matter of time before the Navy would call him out of retirement and he would be asked to perform actions he was not capable of doing due to his spiritual development. At this time he called all the Reiki Masters to a gathering, announced Mrs Takata to be the leader of Reiki, and then announced he would kill his physical body through bursting three blood vessels in his head. And as he continued speaking and lecturing those blood vessels burst and he died.

Mrs Takata returned to Hawaii and continued using and teaching Reiki. Eventually she moved to California, continuing to use and teach Reiki. It was not until 1970 that Mrs Takata began initiating Masters.

Mrs Takata initiated 22 Masters in the System of Reiki, and there it spread to the rest of the world.

Mrs. Takata’s 22 Masters
George Araki
Dorothy Baba
Ursula Baylow
Rick Bockner
Patricia Bowling
Barbara Brown
Fran Brown
Phyllis Furumoto
Beth Gray
John Gray
Iris Ishikuro

Harry Kuboi
Ethel Lombardi
Barbara McCullough
Mary McFadyen
Paul Mitchell
Bethel Phaigh
Shinobu Saito
Virginia Samdahl
Wanja Twan
Barbara Weber Ray
Kay Yamashita

The Reiki Precepts

These are the Reiki Ideals which were developed by Sensei Mikao Usui, inspired by the Meji Emporor of the time, to act as principles to live by. Students were encouraged to kneel to meditate with hands in Gassho (Prayer Position) twice a day, and recite these words.

Just for Today, I let go of Anger
Just for Today, I let go of Worry
Just for Today, I count my many Blessings
Just for Today, I do my work Honestly
Just for Today, I will be kind to my Neighbour and Every Living Thing
(Note: every living thing includes YOU. Be kind to YOU!)

The Original Reiki Ideals

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases

Just for today, do not be angry
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work and be kind to people
Every morning and evening join your hands in prayer,
Pray these words to your heart,

And chant these words with your mouth
Usui Reiki treatment for the improvement of body and mind

The founder … Usui Mikao


Komyo ReikiDo

Komyo ReikiDo (pronounced Koh-m-yoh Ray-key Do) was developed by Japanese Buddhist Monk, Japanese Usui Reiki Master and renown international teacher, Hyakuten Inamoto. Komyo ReikiDo is a keep-it-simple Reiki system & practice, based on the Japanese aesthetic of Less is More. The practice motto is: Place your hands, Surrender & Smile. Simple to learn & profound in the effect on mind, body & inner being.

Komyo = Light or illumination
Reiki     = Sacred Energy of the Universe
Do         = Spiritual Path or Way

In 2017 Carol attended a Komyo ReikiDo Workshop with Japanese Reiki Master Hyakuten Inamoto and was trained in Level 1, 2 and Master/Teacher. She is now certified to teach this style of Reiki too. Although this style of Reiki still uses the same Lif-Force Energy as Usui Reiki, there is a more Japanese flavour to the workshops. Carol will be teaching Komyo ReikiDo Workshops in 2021 to Reiki Level 2 and Master students.

Sekhem/All Love/Seichim/SKHM

What is Sekhem/All Love?

Sekhem/All Love/Seichim/SKHM is an Egyptian form of hands-on-healing that was re-discovered by Patrick Ziegler in 1980 while spending a night in the King’s sarcophagus in the pyramid of Giza. Seichim is a gentle form of healing which works more on the mental/emotional level.

There are a variety of names used to describe this energy, and each system has a different means of accessing the energy. It is known as Seichim, Sekhem, Seichem, and SKHM. There are other variants such as Isis Seichim, and Archangelic Seichim.

Seichim is “Living Light Energy”, as well as an ancient Egyptian system of healing wisdom. It is thought that Seichim first appeared in Egypt over 5,000 years ago, re-appeared in Southern India, and also in Tibet. Seichem is also another word representing Seichim.

SKHM is generally accepted as the more correct phonetic Egyptian pronunciation of the Seichim energy. Patrick himself talks about using the Seichim energy, but later changed his system to SKHM, because it appears to be more of an Egyptian way to write the word, using no vowels. He currently teaches a workshop called “All Love”, which I have attended and also hosted in Dubbo, where I run my business. This workshop uses the energy for deep transformational work, and can be done either in groups or with the individual.

Whether it is referred to as Seichim, Seichem, Sekhem, SKHM or All Love, all are manifestations of “Living Light Energy”. Some believe that SKHM is an Ancient system of healing wisdom from the Temples of Egypt.

Where Reiki is often referred to as the “Great Beaming Light”, Seichim is often referred to as the “Rainbow” becausae of it’s gentler, and more feminine effect.

ALL-LOVE – Where There is Love, Everything is Possible

Patrick Zeigler has evolved the Seichim System into what he currently teaches as ALL LOVE, an Spiritual type of Emotional Release Technique, using meditation, sound, and the same Seichim (SKHM) energy in his classes. 

Just like Reiki, All Love connects with Source, to establish a healing in the Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual bodies. The Energy is used to heal and to stimulate the personal development to reach ones true purpose. The aspect of unconditional love is very present and can not be compared with any other energy.

All Love is more of a “group oriented” energy and one of the great aspects is, that it seems to support your development and takes you to new insights and usage of this energy. This is probably the reason why the system is adapted and changed along the way by the people who used the energy. SEICHIM was the original name given to the system and SEICHIM has gone through a few developments along the way since the rediscovery of the energy by Patrick Zeigler in 1980. Now there is; Isis Seichim, Seichem, Seichim, Sekhem, SKHM and All Love.

Carol was first initiated into Seichim in 1999 when participating in her Reiki and Seichim Master’s Training, then went on to train with Patrick himself in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2014 when he also cane to Dubbo several times to run workshops. 
Carol now also conducts these workshops along with her regular Reiki Classes, and sometimes includes them as part of the Reiki training for her students. 

Theta Healing

What is Theta Healing Therapy?

Theta healing is a process of meditation that was developed by spiritual teacher and healer Vianna Stibal in 1995 to teach people to develop their natural intuition by changing the brain wave cycle to the more relaxed theta waves for the intention of exploring how emotional energy is affecting a person’s health.

Theta healing identifies the causes of blockages to the natural functioning of the person, like belief systems, repressed emotions, fears, traumas, and genetic defects. These blockages impacts the flow of infinite spiritual energy by limiting it. The therapy allows the person to look for those blocks or obstacles, and connect to the highest source to release the subconscious core beliefs and blocks on all four levels – core, genetic, past life, and soul. 

Different Theta Healing Techniques

By working with a theta healing practitioner, it becomes possible to clarify, energise, and focus on your goals and desires, and change programs that you feel are holding you back from achieving all that you are able to. 

The theta healing technique is a powerful tool that can rapidly take both the practitioner and the client to the theta level of brainwave activity – this level is where a very deep state of relaxation is occurring. The name of Theta healing is taken from the theta brainwave, which vibrates at four to seven cycles per second. This is the state that an individual is in at night when first started dreaming, and also when in deep hypnosis or gaining a profound sense of oneness with nature. During this state, the person has an easy access to the contents of their subconscious and also becomes more connected to the life energy of the universe.

The following are the basic processes used in theta healing. Energetic testing is used to identify subconscious limiting beliefs, through muscle testing of the body. Then, meditation is performed to ground the energy. Thirdly, the practitioner or the client will enter into the conscious theta brainwave and travel energetically to the creative energy source in the universe. Next, a command to change is given to the client’s subconscious beliefs, knowledge, feelings, or health state, being careful to use the appropriate positive phrasing. And lastly, the transformation of the subconscious is starting to take place.

It should be remembered that the theta healing session has no side effects and does not cause healing crisis. Also, the feeling or symptoms should not get worse before they start getting better.

How does Theta Healing Work?

Usually, Theta healing is administered in the form of individual sessions in which the certified practitioner sits directly opposite the client, and attends initially to the person by listening, using intuitive senses like probing questions and empathy. It is based on the theory the beliefs in the conscious and unconscious mind of the person can directly impact their emotional well-being, which in turn may also impact their physical health. A method of meditation is used by the practitioner to tune into a person’s energy with the goal to improve their health and general well-being by freeing the negative experiences that are blocking thought patterns or genetically inherited patterns in an attempt to create a positive emotional wellbeing. It is also used in conjunction with conventional medicine.

Theta Healing Benefits

Theta healing can be used to help and support the healing of various physical and emotional conditions such as:

  • chronic, degenerative and DNA-related conditions
  • emotional distress
  • relationship patterns that keep on repeating themselves
  • low self-esteem
  • patterns of self-sabotage

In addition, it can be used to change the client’s negative core beliefs. It can be used to remove the negative attached energies and entities from people, houses, the land, and living spaces.

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